From the Aftenposten (thanks to Sr. Soph). From the looks of this, it would appear that the governments of Saudi Arabia and Iran are also in conflict with the United Nations convention.
Norway’s Constitution requires that over half of the government cabinet are members of the state church – the Norwegian Helsinki Committee says this provision is a violation of human rights.
“It cannot be so that one has to join a certain religious community in order to be a cabinet minister. Not if there is to be true religious freedom,” NHC assistant secretary general Gunnar M. Karlsen told newspaper Dagsavisen.
“The Constitution’s paragraph 12 is in conflict with both the United Nations convention on civil and political rights and the European Council’s human rights convention,” HÃ¸stmÃ¦lingen said.
The new ‘red-green’ coalition government of the Labor, Socialist Left and Center parties is currently hammering out their common policy platform, but are likely to favor such a change.
Will Saudi Arabia and Iran “hammer out” their own policy changes? Will the UN ask them to?